General Lew Wallace Study & Museum – Crawfordsville, Indiana - Atlas Obscura

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General Lew Wallace Study & Museum

On the grounds of this study, Lew Wallace composed "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" and many other works.  


Lew Wallace chose this place because of its proximity to his home. The home is owned by private parties and cannot be visited. However, his son kept the property that included his study, Carriage House, along with well-kept trees, gardens, and statuary. His forethought is the reason this location can be accessed by the public today.

Wallace is often referred to as an innovator. When designing and building the study, he included items that were relatively unknown at that time such as central heating, indoor toilet facilities, and air circulation. It is located in a restful and quiet location.

He also was known as an intriguing man, very contemplative and determined, fitting since he was a former general in the  Union Army. His wife’s family was from Crawfordsville and made their mark in history as well. His father was the sixth governor of the State of Indiana, and Wallace’s wife Susan was a well-known author.

The site includes a small property with well-curated grounds.  Tours are guided and take about an hour.

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